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Spring 2018

Course Design (Required)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

At the heart of every successful classroom is a well-designed course. In this seminar, we will consider the basics of a “backwards design” approach to course development that seeks to align course goals, assessments, and instruction. We’ll also talk about how course structure can impact student learning and classroom climate. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Syllabus Design” session. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than January 16th.

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Assignment Design (Required)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs & Yuhan Li, Instructional Designer

Working from a very broad definition of “assignment,” this seminar invites participants to think through the qualities of an effective assignment as well as strategies for structuring assignments that are meaningful and motivating to students. We’ll also consider how learning science research and Universal Design for Learning principles can inform our thinking about assignment design. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than January 31st.

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Effective Use of Technology (Elective)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Keisha Valdez, Senior Instructional Developer & Yuhan Li, Instructional Designer

Although Sherry Turkle and others have warned about the ways that technology can lead to social isolation, educational technologies can also be used strategically in order to build a greater sense of community among your students. In this lively session, we’ll look at a number of technologies that can be used in and outside the classroom in order to encourage students’ engagement with course materials and with each other. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 15th.

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Facilitating Difficult Dialogues (Elective)

Monday, February 26, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

The term “difficult dialogues” has come to be used to describe a range of charged interactions in the classroom, often focused on questions of diversity and social justice. Whether resulting from students’ reactions to course materials or to each other, these heated moments can leave teachers scrambling to regain control of the discussion. In this workshop, participants will discuss the factors that can lead to difficult dialogues and learn strategies both to prepare for and facilitate them. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 19th.

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Active Learning (Required)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Sarah Castricum, Senior Instructional Developer & Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and teamwork hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but they can also seem challenging to develop and evaluate. This session will explore ways to structure activities that will meet your learning goals for your students and offer them the support they need to succeed. We will consider how to use active learning in any discipline, class setting and time frame. Sarah Castricum and Francesca Minonne will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 14th.

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Responding to Student Writing (Elective)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

When responding to student writing, it can be difficult to provide comprehensive feedback on an essay without overwhelming or discouraging your students. In this session, we will examine a number of approaches to providing targeted feedback, differentiating between the type of feedback we give on first versus final drafts. We will also briefly review strategies to help students respond effectively to their own and their classmates’ writing. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 20th.

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Grading For Learning (Required)

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs & Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

Grades can be a significant source of feedback, both evaluating performance and guiding future learning. They can also be a source of doubt and anxiety -- for both students and instructors. In this session, we will consider how learning science and psychology encourage us to think differently about how we approach grading. And we’ll talk about practical strategies -- including the use of rubrics -- for grading more consistently, effectively, and efficiently. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Grading Fairly” session. Stacy Grooters and Francesca Minonne will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 22nd.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

This seminar provides a practical discussion of how to foster a positive classroom climate that cultivates student learning. ACT participants will discuss strategies for creating and maintaining classroom guidelines and policies within a framework that promotes inclusive classroom environments. We’ll also look at how an understanding of student intellectual development can help us frame classroom activities and increase student resilience. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Classroom Climate & Classroom Management” session. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 19th.

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Planning for Better Discussions (Elective)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – parts of your work as an instructor. In this session, we’ll talk about strategies to help you and your students prepare for more productive discussions. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 25th.

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